What to Know About Heavy Duty Trucks and Heavy Duty Regulations.
The commercial trucking industry is overseen by large organizations designed to keep you safe. Big rules are designed to keep big trucks operating hazard-free on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) closely regulate commercial trucks traveling the interstate and weighing over 10,000 pounds or those that carry hazardous materials. The FMCSA deploys regular check-ups, roadside inspections and other tactics to make sure drivers and the companies they work for are doing everything to keep motorists safe.
Regulatory Compliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- The FMCSA works to keep you safe by enforcing strict federal rules about:
- Truck maintenance
- Vehicle-specific training
- Medical certification
- Securely cargo loads
- Testing drivers for substances like drugs and alcohol
- Weight and load limits
- Driver logs
In one year alone, heavy trucks on the road accounted for 67 of the 1,000 plus vehicles involved in fatal traffic accidents in South Carolina. This is 6.5 percent of accident fatalities in the state. On a national level, heavy-duty trucks account for 9 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 342,000 large trucks were involved in accidents in a recent year. In total, 3,964 individuals lost their lives in crashes involving heavy duty trucks. Despite the best efforts of the FMCSA, mistakes are made and negligence happens.
What Causes Fatalities in Tractor Trailer Accidents?
There are many reasons a heavy duty truck might be the cause of a fatal accident. Trucking companies routinely violate commercial truck regulations, and put the lives of motorists at risk.
Driver error is the largest factor that leads to a fatal truck accident. Errors that can include:
- Distracted driving (including texting, using the phone or eating)
- Driving under the influence (including drugs, alcohol or prescription medication)
- Road rage
- Failure to obey traffic signs, rules and traffic control devices
- Failure to yield the right of way or stay within the proper lane
- Improper turns, overcorrecting and improper passing
- Negligent driving, as defined by the FMCSA, includes erratic, careless or reckless driving
Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer in Incidents Involving Truck Compliance
If you are up against a trucking company in a case of driver negligence, you will 100 percent want an experienced truck accident attorney on your side. The reason why is simple; big trucking companies work with even larger insurance carriers. These insurance carriers are aggressive, well-funded and will work tirelessly to give you as little money as possible. The less you are rewarded, the more successful they are!
Their success depends on one thing…building a strong case against you. As soon as your accident has been reported, insurance companies will burst into motion to start working against you. Regardless of fault, the insurance company will gather evidence that places you in a negative light. Such cases can cost trucking companies millions of dollars…and you are the one thing that stands between them and their money!
An experienced truck accident lawyer like Bill Green and the team at Green Law Firm will relentlessly work to protect your interests. When you alert us of a truck accident, we immediately deploy our team of skilled accident investigators to go toe-to-toe with the insurance company. We work hard to prove that your case is worthy of receiving the compensation and punitive damages that would punish the trucking company for their behavior and actions.
Note that until a civil suit has been filed, a trucking company is under no legal obligation to disclose to you the evidence they have. This evidence may be the tangible proof needed to lock in your case! Our team knows how to get trucking companies to disclose this evidence. The law allows us to demand, on your behalf, all necessary records that would include the black box recording of the truck, logbook and maintenance history as well as personal information about the driver, including their driving record and drug tests.
Green Law Firm will keep a strict handle on all correspondence and electronic records to assure that you experience as little stress as possible. This includes:
- Emails and faxes
- Phone records
- Any records that would indicate driver or trucking company negligence
We know how to ask the RIGHT questions for your truck accident compliance case! We will see that the right company employees are subpoenaed and that witnesses to the accident and trucking company behavior and practices are secured for your case. You will be informed every step of the way!
If you have incurred a serious loss or have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, understand that the amount of insurance that trucking companies are required to carry may not be a suitable enough reward for your case! We have a proven track record of securing substantial rewards for victims of truck compliance negligence! Call us at 888-800-2455 at any time or day of the week to begin. We can protect you from greedy insurance companies and help you get the compensation you deserve!